The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued nearly $275,000 in federal grants to North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, which will be used to purchase equipment, maintain fire boats and train 68 firefighters.
“North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue’s number one priority is keeping our officers safe and protecting our residents while offsetting costs wherever possible,” said NHRFR Management Committee Chair Richard Turner, also the Weehawken mayor.
“Since 2004, we have secured more than $20 million in state and federal grants and the additional funding we were able to secure this year is thanks to the leadership and advocacy of Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressman Albio Sires.”
A $120,755 Assistance to Firefighters Grant will allow the department to purchase four high performance washers and dryers to properly clean protective gear. This same grant will also pay for materials and textbooks for 68 officers to complete training courses.
Additionally, NHRFR will use a $59,670 grant to purchase a new Fire Safety House to conduct fire safety and protection programs at community events.
Finally, a $94,209 received through the Port Security Grant will be used for a maintenance contract for NHRFR’s fire fighting vessels and radio equipment for the Dispatch Center and Port Partners.
“Whether it be responding to a fire or assisting in water rescues, our firefighters are willing to put their own lives at risk when responding to emergencies,” added NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne.
“The new equipment and additional training we can fund through these grants will ensure the safety of our firefighters and officers when they are responding to emergencies.”